Zoe Barbour

Class of 2026
Major: Civil Engineering
Minor: Science, Technology, Ethics & Policy, University Honors
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
High Schoo: Broadneck High School
What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
In the spring of 2022, I was invited to an event hosted by the UMD Women In Engineering program where I had the opportunity to speak with current students, faculty and alumni, all of whom were women. The most impactful part of this experience was that while all of these women had different fields of study and careers, they were connected by two things: their passion for their work and the fact that they had gone to UMD. That inspired me to commit to UMD, as I hoped to have the same enthusiasm about my education and my work. 
Best Experience with a Class or Project
Within the engineering school, my favorite project that I have worked on so far was with my OTV team in ENES100. Collaborating with people outside my major to reach a common goal was an engaging and rewarding experience. Even though things didn't always go perfectly for us, we had a lot of fun and learned many things along the way!
Favorite Class in Major
ENCE200: Civil Engineering Graphics for Design and Construction
Favorite Class Out of Major
ENCE200: Civil Engineering Graphics for Design and Construction
Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
"American Ecological Engineering Society
Society of Women Engineers
Maryland Images (Campus Tour Guides)
Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee
Reformed University Fellowship"
Favorite On-Campus Event
Maryland Day! I have been coming to Maryland Day since I was a little kid, and I love walking around campus and doing all the fun hands on activities. It's always interesting to learn more about all the unique things going on at UMD. This past year, I actually got to volunteer at SWE's Discover Engineering event at Maryland Day. I really enjoyed the engineering demonstrations and activities I helped facilitate as part of that!
Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
I have not had the opportunity to do either yet, but am looking forward to doing so!
Cool Engineering Experience
Through my internship this past summer with the Green Infrastructure team at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, I got real world experience with many aspects of environmental engineering. I got to spend lots of time in the field, and some of my favorite things I did were site evaluations, percolation tests, water quality monitoring and maintenance inspections!
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